When you first start treatment with a TK inhibitor, you will need to go to the clinic every week or so. This is so your doctors can closely monitor how you’re responding to treatment, and so they can check for any side effects.
As time goes on, you won’t need to go to the clinic as often. Eventually you may only need a check-up every 2–3 months.
At these check-ups, your doctor will ask about your general health and whether you have had any new symptoms or side effects from treatment. You will usually have blood taken to check the numbers of blood cells (a full blood count) and for a PCR test. Sometimes you may also have a bone marrow sample taken. Your doctor can tell you how often this might be needed.
The results of these tests help your doctors know how well your leukaemia is responding to treatment, so they can make any changes if needed.